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Baxter and Booth could help England

18th January 2013 09:03


Rob Baxter Exeter Chiefs 2012

Helping hand: Rob Baxter

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter and Bath coach Toby Booth could join the England set-up for the summer tour to Argentina.

England coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree will both be away on tour with the Lions in Australia, leaving gaps in Stuart Lancaster's staff which he is eager to fill with coaches from the Aviva Premiership.

Along with Baxter and Booth, Saracens coaching duo Alex Sanderson and Paul Gustard are two more potential candidates, although their participation may not be possible due to England's fixture with the Barbarians coming the day after the Premiership final.

"I'm going to the PGB to ask them if it's okay to use potential coaches from the Premiership," said Stuart Lancaster to The Rugby Paper.

"I think it is a positive thing that Andy and Graham are going on the Lions tour and I think it is a positive thing I can bring other coaches in to work with the players to gain experience of building those club/country relationships.

"I need people who, ideally, are available for the Barbarians week. The Premiership final is that week so that makes it difficult, but we will have to see."

"There are lots of good English coaches coaching in the Premiership who I think would be excited about the opportunity.

"We'll take a four or five man coaching team, and we'll be taking a midweek team to Argentina, too, so it won't be too dissimilar to what we did in South Africa.

"It is a great opportunity for the coaches concerned and I obviously need to make sure I get the right fit that replicates the strengths of Andy and Graham."

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